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Early Wildflowers of Rocky Mountain National Park – Course FULL

Jun 9, 2023

Join Conservancy instructor Leanne Benton for an exploration of the early season wildflowers throughout Rocky Mountain National Park!

Some of the park’s early blooms are the loveliest, from tiny alpine forget-me-nots to colorful calypso orchids. We’ll start in the classroom for an informative lecture, and then search the park for these beauties as we explore a variety of Rocky’s habitats, from high alpine ridges to lower montane meadows. Participants will have a chance to hone their identification skills and get up close with the mountain flora. You’ll discover their amazing adaptations for survival in harsh conditions and the unique stories behind their beautiful faces.

Who: Participants ages 16 and up

When: Friday, June 9, 2023 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO, and field locations in Rocky Mountain National Park

What to bring: 10 Essentials for Field Courses, PLUS: sack lunch, a hand lens, your favorite wildflower books or guides (optional)

This is a Level II course. Expect short-distance walks throughout the day, primarily on level terrain.

Course Full. Email education@RMConservancy.org to inquire about the wait list.

Conservancy members get 15% off individual registration when you use the discount code in your membership email! Enter your code and select “Member Registration” tickets at checkout. Limit 2 per membership.

Not a member of the Conservancy? Learn more and join here: Conservancy Membership

For questions about membership, please contact memberprocessing@rmconservancy.org or call 970-586-0108.

For questions about the course, please contact education@RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.

About your instructor: Leanne Benton is a former ranger-naturalist in Rocky Mountain National Park and has led wildflower walks in the park for over 25 years. She has studied and photographed the park’s wildflowers since her first summer in Rocky, and continues to expand her botanical knowledge, most recently into edible and medicinal uses of plants.

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